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Community education co-ordinator

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Community education co-ordinators make sure education, training and recreation courses meet the needs of the local community.

Average salary (a year)

£23,000 Starter


£32,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

37 to 39 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends flexibly

How to become

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How to become a community education co-ordinator

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • volunteering
  • applying directly


You'll find it useful to have a foundation degree or degree in a subject like:

  • education
  • sociology
  • youth and community development

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree

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You could take a college course, which may help when applying for a trainee job. Courses include:

  • Level 2 and 3 Certificate in Community Development
  • Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Social and Community Work

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for these courses vary.

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You could start by doing an advanced apprenticeship in youth support work, learning and development or cultural learning and particpation.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship

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Volunteering is a good way to build up contacts and can help you to get work in community education or development. You can find volunteering opportunities through The National Council for Voluntary Organisations and Do It.

Direct Application

You can apply directly for jobs if you've got paid or voluntary experience of working in the community. For example, in adult education, teaching or youth work. Experience of working with disadvantaged or vulnerable groups will also be helpful.

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Further information

You can get more details about working in the community from your local council and locality.

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • the ability to understand people’s reactions
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • customer service skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to work well with others
  • a desire to help people
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Restrictions and Requirements

You'll need to:

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

In your day-to-day duties, you could:

  • work with local groups to understand their needs and interests
  • encourage course providers to develop new learning opportunities
  • arrange suitable local venues and times for classes
  • prepare information to promote courses
  • help overcome barriers to learning
  • help recruit tutors and train volunteers
  • make sure targets like learner numbers are met
  • do administrative work like keeping financial records
  • control budgets and bid for funding

Working environment

You could work in an office, in the community, at a school or at a college.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

With experience you could move into management.

You could specialise in working with particular groups, training, or move into freelance or consultancy work.

You could also move into community development work.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

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